Clay Walker is the CEO of NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, where he leads the economic development efforts of Sullivan County, Tennessee, and the marketing and recruitment for neighboring Hawkins County. He has been in his current position since January of 2014. Over the past four years, NETWORKS and its community partners have been involved in the generation of more than 3,500 jobs and become known as “Where Tennessee Begins Its Business Day!”
Walker has more than 20 years of economic development experience, having worked at the community and regional levels as well as leading his own consulting firm. He moved from Kentucky, where he last worked as Vice President, Economic Development for West Kentucky Corporation, a 45-county organization, to Tennessee in 2005 when he accepted the position of Executive Director for the Gallatin Economic Development Agency.
Walker is from Paducah, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Murray State University and Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute. He is also a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), as designated by the International Economic Development Council. Last year, he served as chairman of the Tennessee Economic Partnership and is a member of the Tennessee Economic Development Council, the Southern Economic Development Council, and International Economic Development Council. In 2017, Walker was named by Consultant Connect as one of the Top 50 Economic Developers in North America.
Walker has a son, Ty, who resides in Leadville, Colorado, where he works in computer gaming when he’s not skiing with his dad on one of his visits. Walker also enjoys the many outdoor activities Northeast Tennessee has to offer, NASCAR (of course), and his beloved Racer basketball.
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